A lot of studies have been conducted in Europe to determine just how effective probiotics are for children with eczema. It is unfortunate that those doctors who practice conventional medicine do not trust these studies but instead state that they are limited and that they do not deserve much support. Still, there are several naturopathic doctors that recommend using probiotics as an eczema natural treatment for your children.
Young children, including infants and toddlers, belong to a high risk group to developing eczema. Eczema is a type of skin disease that can cause skin reddening, inflammation and constant itching. In worst cases, skin can appear to be flaky. A recent study shows that 65% of the people with eczema are under 1-year-old and 90% of children will have a case of eczema before they are 5-years-old.
Parents would often not know what to do and how to go about helping their child with eczema as he or she can be constantly itching and in pain. A kid I came across would often strip himself throughout the day as he needed to scratch badly and find that his clothes are hindering him to scratch to his heart's content.
Probiotics are microbial organisms that protect and live in the digestive tract. Probiotic bacterial cultures are intended to assist the body's naturally occurring gut flora to rebalance themselves. They can stop the growth of bad bacteria, thus strengthening one's immune system. Some people theorize that eczema is related to being exposed to bad bacteria during the early years of childhood. If so, naturopathic doctors say that probiotics can effectively prevent eczema because it can fight and counter the spread of bad bacteria through the body.
Eczema may possibly be related to food allergens. Adding probiotic to your kid's diet can strengthen his digestive system and protect it against bad bacteria. This will help to balance the ratio of good and bad bacteria in the body, thus reducing a person's risk of developing eczema.
Good sources of probiotic for eczema includes yogurt, buttermilk, miso, kim chi and other fermented foods and products. Make sure that your children eat more of these type of foods.
Of course, you should always check with your doctor about whether he recommends probiotics for your child with eczema. It will also be useful that you keep yourself updated on the latest research on supplementing eczema patients with probiotics. Probiotics for eczema can also be taken in supplement form.
Source by Evelyn Lim